This tutorial for movie making on the Nokia N97 comes from the Vodafone UK peeps. (Shame Nseries lost video editing function)
The N97 can capture DVD-like quality video – that’s either 4:3 VGA (640×480) or a more cinematic looking 16:9 nHD (640 x 358) true widescreen.
Videos taken by the N97 are really solid – you don’t get that jelly wobbling effect that most camera phones (and previous Nseries) suffer from whenever you moved the camera. In most lighting conditions, the video is quality is spectacular, and adjusts really quickly to sudden changes in light intensity.
In the dimmest of lighting, it does appear slightly grainy. Turning on low-light mode helps a tad. The N97 also has dual LED, which is effective for subjects half a metre away, but not really that useful for subjects beyond that distance unless you turn Night Mode on.. It’s actually amazing how well it (night mode and dual led) lights up a pitch black room – almost appearing as if the actual room lights are turned on. However, the compromise is frame rate and in these situations, the video is extremely choppy. It would be amazing if future night modes could maintain a decent frame rate to keep the motion fluid.
The N97 has got pretty decent audio recording to go along with it too, one of the major strengths of Nseries video recording range. It’s pretty surprising how competition like the Samsung i8910 (Omnia HD) which although records in stunning 720p, has ear scratching audio recording (though this is apparently improved in new firmware).
All in all – the N97 is an excellent video recording device. Nokia has been ever since the Nokia N93 – back in the day when every other phone was making blocky, choppy, metallic sounding video – Nokia was producing video quality beyond that of any other mobile phone. No major ranting today – it’s rant-free-friday.